Should the 500 post benchmark be raised.

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Should long term members be given "veteran status"

  1. Yes, show the old timers some respect

    48 vote(s)
    41.7%
  2. No, its not worth it

    37 vote(s)
    32.2%
  3. Everyone on the forums should be treated as equals

    30 vote(s)
    26.1%
  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    #1
    Doing a quick head count of the member list there are about 1000 members who qualify or have reached 500 posts or "avatar status" so its not really as big a milestone as it once was, I would be curious as to the number of avatars say a year a go and wonder how many people have reached the 500 post mark in that 12 month period. With the amount of active posters those who I would consider veterans would have at least 2000-2500 posts. So I would suggest some new benchmarks be written, since its getting harder to see who has been here 6 months from 5 years.
     
  2. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    No. I worked hard for my 500 posts to get an avatar. The avatar for me was about gaining an incredible knowledge about macs- I don't think it's fair to say oh 500 posts doesn't mean anything. It shouldn't be about "milestones"- we get that with our ranking.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Isn't that why there are the status levels like 603 and so on? And you can always see from someone's profile what their join date was.
     
  4. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    I am talking about the members who have been here for say 6 months and already have 500 posts, As more newer members get avatars its diluting the forums and the ability to see who has been here a while vs the person who just signed up. Im suggesting some sort of veteran marker for those who have actually been here for a longer period of time, not just the number of posts they have.
     
  5. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    #5
    I got 1000 posts in 6 months (about). It doesn't mean I'm not a valid member of this forum.
     
  6. whocares macrumors 65816

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    No, but you do seem a tad insecure to me. ;)







    j/k

    I think it would be good to be able to identify the old timers. Maybe the ranking system should take into account the join date too.
     
  7. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    Im not disputing that but Im saying that there are people who have hung in there for 2 or 3 years and just have 1000 posts.
     
  8. skoker macrumors 68000

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    You've got a tar, I've got a tar, quit whinin before we take your tar away.
     
  9. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    #9
    How about:
    <500 posts, no avatar
    500 posts, 50x50 pixel avatar
    1000, 53x53 pixel avatar
    1500, 56x56 pixel avatar
    2000, 59x59 pixel avatar
    2500, 62x62 pixel avatar
    3000, 65x65 pixel avatar
    3500, 68x68 pixel avatar
    4000, 71x71 pixel avatar
    4500, 74x74 pixel avatar
    5000, 77x77 pixel avatar
    5500, 80x80 pixel avatar
    6000, 83x83 pixel avatar
    6500, 86x86 pixel avatar
    7000, 89x89 pixel avatar
    7500, 92x92 pixel avatar
    8000, 95x95 pixel avatar
    8500, 98x98 pixel avatar
    9000, 101x101 pixel avatar
    9500, 104x014 pixel avatar
    10000, feature length film
    etc...

    Basically, you get plus 3 pixels per 500 posts.
     
  10. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    The minimum should be raised to 10,000 posts for a 75x75 pixel avatar and 20,000 posts to get 100x100 pixel avatar.

    At 50,000 posts, one should have the ability to use custom titles.
     
  11. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    #11

    Does it really matter who's been here six months or five years?
    If it bugs you, just make a textedit document with a list of oldtimers in it and scan it over when you wanna know who is new and who is old.

    *shrug*
     
  12. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    I guess Im just old school, since I've been here for 4 years and there is an influx of new members lately it would be nice to be able to spot the seniors easier in the group.
     
  13. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    it seems like you just want recognition to me :p
     
  14. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    Lets bake him a cake.
     
  15. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Personally, I like things they way they are now. Anyone above 500 posts gets an avatar and the mods get larger avatars. -- It's nice and simple. :)
     
  16. MacNut thread starter macrumors Core

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    No it just seems like the forums have been getting watered down and it would be nice to see how long a person has been here not just by the number of posts.
     
  17. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    As katie says, does it really matter? There are knowledgeable newbies and there are dumb old-timers. I've been signed up for a year and a half, but have frequented the forums for about five years now...what type of symbol should I have next to my name?

    Avatar "status" is granted to those who have made a significant contribution to the forums. Reading the forums but not posting is great for some people, but it's not really contributing to the site...not there's anything wrong with that. Post count is one decent of measure of this though...no, it's not perfect, but it's pretty good. It's a pretty tough sell to argue that 500 posts is considered significant today but not tomorrow. I see no compelling reason to change it.

    Would you like join dates for users listed in the forums under their user names? I wouldn't, as I think it clutters things too much and I know most of the members already. But maybe you and others out there would like that sort of thing.
     
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Too much time spent thinking about the banana, and not enough time using it. :rolleyes:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    If you changed it I'd have have to change my avatar and that took me like 5 minutes to create. You don't want me to have to do extra work do you?
     
  20. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Even if people are relatively new, if they've managed to get to 500 posts without getting banned, they've contributed at least something to the community, so I don't really see this as a problem.

    Additionally the whole point of avatars is to help with recognition of a member, and as most of the veterans keep theirs the same they should be easily spotted in threads. :)
     
  21. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Is longevity the best measure of value to the community?

    Just as post count shouldn't be the most important measure of worth, neither I suspect should length of membership.

    Who contributes more? The new member who posts a couple of times a day across the forums and gets their tar in 6 months or so... or the member who joined up 4 years ago, only reads usually and still doesn't have a 'tar?
     
  22. Grimace macrumors 68040

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    why does this have anything to do with an avatar? Why not just list below the avatar "member since 05/2003"? That would differentiate time and would keep # of posts tied to getting a pic.
     
  23. Unorthodox macrumors 65816

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    #23
    That would look fugly.
    Maybe if you had the option to turn it off or on.
     
  24. DaveP macrumors 6502

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    If you've been here for 4 years then you should have a general idea who the old-timers are. I've been a member or lurker for about 3 years and I can generally recognize the older members, or more importantly, the helpful members (there isn't a direct correlation...;) )
     
  25. skunk macrumors G4

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    What measure would you use for the girls?:p
     

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